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Ruiz urges Fulham team-mates to show character after dismal run

Bryan Ruiz admits Fulham need to get over their 2-0 defeat at Southampton as they travel to Championship promotion hopefuls Leicester in the Capital One Cup fourth round on Tuesday and host Manchester United four days later. "Southampton played well," Ruiz told the club's official website.

"We had a plan but once they scored the first goal it was difficult to find a way back into the match. They deserved the win but now we have to pick ourselves up and look towards the next match.

"After winning two games in a row, we wanted to continue that at Southampton. We weren't able to do it and we were all disappointed with the display.

"The most frustrating thing was not testing their goalkeeper. We should have done more but Southampton have only conceded three goals this season and they're very strong defensively.

"They are in good shape and full of confidence but we need to try and forget about it now and concentrate on the next match.

"We've got two games coming up quickly and it will be a tough week. We want to qualify for the next round of the cup and then take on Manchester United in a good frame of mind."

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